Gary Leiss

gary leiss

Gary Leiss was born December 21, 1947 to Valentine and Isabel (Flink) Leiss in Dickinson, ND.  He grew up on a farm south of Manning, ND.  He attended a country school near Manning.  He later attended school in Killdeer, ND.  He joined the Job Corps and worked in New Jersey for 1 ½ years before returning to ND.  He enlised in the army and served in Vietnam from 1966-1968.

He married Dianne Marek on August 2, 1969 in Casselton, ND.    They lived in Billings, MT for a short time before moving to a farm in Durbin, ND.  He lived in Fargo, ND.  He graduated from Hanson Mechanical School in Fargo, ND.  He worked for Fargo Implement for 16 years.  He was an over the road semi-driver.  He later worked for Rustad Sand & Gravel.  He began working for Red River Manufacturing in West Fargo, ND (later known as Trail King) as a painter's assistant.  He moved to West Fargo in 1982.  He retired for health reasons in 2004.

His wife Dianne passed away in 1975.  He married Mary Jansen on September 21, 1979 in Fargo, ND at Holy Spirit.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Fox news, and western movies.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Craig, West Fargo, ND, Alan, Helen, MT; daughters, Sandy (Phil) Langlie, West Fargo, ND, Peggy (Jeff) Haugrud, Lake Park, MN, Angie, Fargo, ND; 2 granddaughters, Kayana Davis and Kassidy Davis; 3 step-grandchildren, David, Ryan, Josh Haugrud; 3 step-great grandchildren; brother, Clifford (Niki) Anaconda, MT; step-brothers, Ron (Barb) Heinert, Basin, MT, Duane (Ginny) Heinert, Helena, MT, Gerald Heinert, Craig, CO, Stan (Ronda) Heinert, East Helena, MT,  Terry Heinert, Helena, MT, Cindy Heinert, Helena Mt; and his beloved black lab, Axle.

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  1. To the Leiss Family

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal” ~Author Unknown

  2. Sandy & Phil,
    We are both so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing Sandy. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mona & Casey Prunty & family

  3. Bloomington ILThe Benkert/Neubauer family send our deepest sympathy. You and your family are in our prayers today and always.

  4. Fargo, Leiss Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time in your lives. Know that you are loved and thought of daily.

  5. Angie and Family,

    My thoughts are with your during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have.

  6. May the Leiss family find comfort in knowing that God is “healing up the brokenhearted ones , and is binding up their painful spots.” (Psalm 1473) He has promised to soon “swallow up death forever…and wipe the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 258) With deepest sympathy,

  7. Angie and Family:
    So sorry for your loss, know that you are in many, many peoples thoughts and prayers now and going forward.

  8. Fargo North Dakota
    Angie and family,

    Iam so sorry for your loss and I hope that you get through this painful time in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Heather Taylor

  9. Dear Gary’s Family,

    My husband and I wanted to say how very sorry we are for your loss. We offer our deepest condolences.

    If we may, we wanted to leave a few scriptures that have helped us in some painful moments in our lives.

    Psalm 139:23
    Psalm 38:8
    Luke 7:11-17
    John 11:11-44
    Jer. 29:11,12
    John 5: 28

    Maybe these can ease your pain some. Please take care and know there are people out in the world that do care—we just wanted you to know that.

    William & Lisa Mooren

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